The original artworks for the “12 Days” banners are currently on exhibit in the Woolley Gallery and you can bid on them in our silent auction.
The auction runs from now until December 8th!
Local Artists Pair with Kids to Create New Fairhope Christmas Banners
The Eastern Shore Art Center has teamed up with the City of Fairhope to recreate the 12 Days of Christmas street pole banners for the downtown Fairhope area. The original wooden signs were hand-painted by artist Mary Hunter. They focused on the traditional carol, each sign representing a different song verse. Over time, the wooden signs have become worn from the weather.
This year, artists will be reinventing the banners as the 12 Days of Fairhope Christmas! So in place of 10 lords a-leaping, it will be 10 boats a-sailing! In late September, twelve artists were paired with local students and organizations to paint and collage the new designs. The finished products will be photographed and converted to vinyl banners that can easily be reprinted from year to year if damaged by the outdoor elements.
Sharon Dearing, Edlyn Burch, Judy Oxford, Cat Pope, Sharon Stephens, Loran Chavez, Reanna Watson, Jim Laugelli, Dee Donaldson, B’Beth Weldon, Nancy Raia, and Bryant Whelan.
Local schools and organizations participating:
Fairhope Elementary, Fairhope Intermediate, Fairhope High School, Fairhope Rotary Youth Club, Shepherd’s Place, United States Sports Academy and more!
Eastern Shore Art Center Community Outreach Director, Nancy Raia, led brainstorming and painting days with a few of the artists and the Rotary Youth Club. “The students always came in grinning and eager to start creating, but knowing this was going up on display in the streets of Fairhope had them working even harder!”
The banners will be on display for the Lighting of the Trees, November 16 at 5:30pm. They will hang along South Section Street downtown throughout the Christmas season.
The original artwork will also be on display at the Eastern Shore Art Center during First Friday Art Walk, November 3rd, 6-8pm. Each piece will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Art Center’s Community Outreach efforts.
What is your favorite thing to do in Fairhope during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!